Hello and happy Friday to all of you!
As it is all about childhood memories this month I want to introduce (well, at least those of you who never heard of these funny characters) you to the lovely family of Barbapapa! It is a cartoon-y character who first made an appearance in the 70s and still is dearly loved by kids today! Barbapapa is a funky pink guy shaped like a pear. He and Barbamama have a family of seven kids, all in different colors and shapes.
It is quite funny why Barbapapa is called that name. Actually it is another childhood favorite of mine (although I got to admit today I really don´t know why I loved this sweet so much when I was a kid...probably because everyone told me how bad it was for your teeth and that just makes you wanting it even more when you are in a certain age, right?!). Barbapapa is called like this because it comes from a French expression for "daddy´s beard" which is another name for cotton candy in France! That also explains his pink color! True cotton candy just has to be pink!
Anyways, I think everyone should have a fluffy little Barbapapa in their home so we will be crocheting one, shall we?!
It is easy as pie. Here are my instructions:
Start with a magic ring and crochet 6 sc into it. We don´t join the rounds, we just keep crocheting!
Round 2: *2 in each sc* (12)
Round 3: *sc 1, 2 in 1sc* (18)
Round 4: *sc 2, 2 in 1sc* (24)
Round 5: *sc 3, 2 in 1sc* (30)
Round 6 - 9: sc in each sc (30)
Round 10: *sc 3, 2 tog* (24)
Round 11: *sc 2, 2 tog* (18)
Round 12: *sc 2, 2 in 1sc* (24)
Round 13: *sc 3, 2 in 1sc* (30)
Round 14: *sc 4, 2 in 1sc* (36)
Round 15 - 19: sc in each sc (36)
Round 20: *sc 4, 2 tog* (30)
Round 21: *sc 3, 2 tog* (24)
Now would be a good time to start stuffing your Barbapapa! Firmly!
Round 22: *sc 2, 2 tog* (18)
Round 23: *sc 1, 2 tog* (12)
Stuff some more until it is nice and firm and got a lovely shape.
Round 24: *2 tog* (6)
Pull the yarn through, cut and leave a tail to sew the remaining little opening closed.
Slip stitch into the 3rd chain from hook.
Chain 2, ss. (the slip stitch goes into the same chain you just slip stitched in!)
Again ch2, ss. (again in the same chain as previously!)
Sc in each of the remaining 6 chains.
Pull yarn through and fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Make a second arm and sew both arms to the body.
Embroider a face using white and black or dark brown embroidery floss.
If there are any problems don´t hesitate to ask!
Have a great weekend and get your crochet hooks out!